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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Must see with kids

Loved it. Loved all the little rooms and nice paths going from one building to another. Super cute... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Favourite shrine at the end of the day

Came here last after spending the day with too many tourists. This place was tranquil, you just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved it. Loved all the little rooms and nice paths going from one building to another. Super cute and it is amazing how you no longer feel in the city once you have entered this place. It feels super secluded. Loved the garden area. And...More

1  Thank Slinky21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here last after spending the day with too many tourists. This place was tranquil, you just wanted to sit and soak it in. The rooms are gorgeous and the gardens even more so! You could easily spend 20 mins here if you were racing...More

Thank emconway1
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Gorgeous gardens, and the buildings themselves are stunningly decorated. This place is not at all busy so you can fully enjoy the surroundings.

Thank Yvonne O
Reviewed 26 July 2017

If you need an escape from the noisy Gion streets, this temple is perfect for you. Beginning with the front gate, those 300 yrs green trees kept telling the tales of ancient Kyoto. When getting inside, those colorful lovely painting of lotus on the doors...More

1  Thank HHLinTW
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The gardens make this temple stand out from some of the others. Minimal or no crowds as we mostly had the place to ourselves.

1  Thank Deac83
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The gardens are gorgeous and the fact that most tourist buses will not stop at this little place makes it so much more special. Also, pay attention to the gorgeous silk screens inside the building. Yet another amazing Japanese garden not to be missed!

1  Thank HelmutsFoodPorn
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

One of our favorite temples in Kyoto due to the peaceful nature and somehow free of crowds. Beautiful temple and tranquil gardens to escape the heat and the crowds. Would be a lovely place to stop for tea- ask at desk when you pay your...More

1  Thank NataliePatricia
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the Shoren-in temple at night. We kept looking for the temple and walked quite a distance to reach there. All through the walk , we kept wondering if the walk was futile and we should change our plan and head to dinner directly....More

1  Thank kapur2
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

In any other city, this would be a tourism centerpiece, but for Kyoto, if you're short on time, this is an okay one to skip. Unless you love Japanese screen painting - they are exquisite - or zen gardens. In which case, make sure you...More

1  Thank jloug
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Breath of fresh air after all the extremely crowded temples. Great house set in a beautiful garden. Plenty of other visitors, yet nowhere near as crowded as other temples, providing plenty of time to sit down and enjoy the scenery.

1  Thank Joost G
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Response from hfot2 | Reviewed this property |
"Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (and 18:00 to 22:00 during spring and autumn evening illuminations)" according to their listing on Japan Guide Please mark it if this is helpful.